In this first stage, high resolution images of 593 manuscripts containing 20,129 pages have been made available along with the metadata. They originate from three different collections. The first part is the legacy of the Kingdom of Buton in Baubau (Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia), the second collections of a Muslim community in Kuningan (West Java, Indonesia), and the third is a collection manuscripts of Buddhist monks in Luang Prabang (Laos).
According to DREAMSEA’s Data Manager, Muhammad Nida’ Fadlan, the Repository is the main product of a series of activities to safeguard endangered manuscripts in Southeast Asia. These activities comprise cleaning, preserving and digitising manuscripts that form the cultural inheritance of local communities, up to making the images available through open online access.
“The physical manuscripts will remain with their owners who will take care of them and preserve them. The Repository has been created to ensure that the contents of these manuscripts will be secured to avoid them from becoming lost and to provide access to the public for academic and non-commercial interests”, Nida said.
DREAMSEA has executed 15 digitisation missions in 2018-2019 and managed to safe the contents of 57 collections in 18 cities in Indonesia, Laos and Thailand. Up to now, 118,995 manuscript pages have been digitised and step by step they will be made available in our Repository to the public.